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In an announcement made by the conference office, Trinity University was recognized as the 2019-20 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents’ Trophy champion. Final Results
The title represents the ninth straight Presidents’ Trophy champoinship for the program, the longest consecutive win streak by one institution in the 57-year history of the award. It is the 20th overall all-sports crown for the institution – also a conference record.
Following the premature ending of the spring sports season, the league’s Executive Board approved a recommendation from the Athletic Directors Council to declare a winner of the league’s all-sports trophy based off results through the winter sports season.
With victories in men’s and women’s swimming & diving and a regular season title in women’s basketball, Trinity had extended its lead in the race for this year’s Presidents’ Trophy and finished the abbreviated 2019-20 campaign with 350 points.
The TU Tigers, who had led by 30 points following the fall when the program picked up regular season titles in women’s soccer and volleyball and finished second in men’s and women’s cross country, finished 70 points ahead of second-place Colorado College.
The CC Tigers posted third-place finishes in both men’s and women’s swimming & diving and tied for fourth in the womens basketball regular season to finish with 280 points. The second-place finish for Colorado College, which joined the SCAC prior to the 2006-07 season, is its highest in program history.
On the strength of runner-up finishes on both the men’s and women’s side at the SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, Southwestern University finished third in the all-sports standings with 255 points.
Austin College placed fourth with 215 points after making the largest jump from the fall, propelled by third-place finishes during the regular season for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs.
SCAC newcomer University of St. Thomas finished in fifth place, just 2.5 points behind Austni College with 212.5 points, after moving from sixth to fifth in the team standings when its men’s basketball team took the SCAC regular season title and the Celt women placed second.
Rounding out the final Presidents’ Trophy standings, Texas Lutheran University placed sixth with 190 points, Centenary College finished seventh with 162.5 points, University of Dallas was eighth with 157.5 points, Johnson & Wales University (Denver) placed ninth with 105 points and Schreiner University finished 10th with 97.5 points.
The system used for distributing Presidents’ Trophy points was tweaked last year to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, are now awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish.
SCAC PRESIDENT’S TROPHY QUICK FACTS
The symbol of conference supremacy is the 300-pound railroad bell which was donated to the SCAC by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. This bell, the “Presidents’ Trophy”, is a rotating award and goes to the school with the best overall sports record for the year.
The bell has been a part of the conference since its inception in 1962. In fact, the first conference logo, when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference, has the image of the bell incorporated into it.
The Presidents’ Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men’s and women’s athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race.
The system used for distributing Presidents’ Trophy points was tweaked last year (2018-19) to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, will now be awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish.
As has been the case, points will continue to be awarded from the bottom up. A last place finish in any particular sport is worth 5 points with points being awarded in five-point increments for each place, up to first place.